Table 2-46: Hazardous Liquid and Natural Gas Pipeline Safety and Property Damage Data

Table 2-46: Hazardous Liquid and Natural Gas Pipeline Safety and Property Damage Data

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  1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Fatalities                              
Total hazardous liquid 4 7 4 5 3 0 5 0 1 3 5 0 2 4 1
Total gas 26 8 15 28 6 14 10 17 21 18 48 10 R18 R21 37
Transmission U U 1 6 0 0 3 1 0 2 1 1 1 2 15
Distribution U U 14 22 6 14 7 16 21 16 47 9 R17 R19 22
Injured persons                              
Total hazardous liquid 21 17 15 18 7 9 38 10 a1,858 11 13 5 6 20 4
Total gas 233 214 177 108 69 89 80 101 113 53 114 72 R76 R93 77
Transmission U U 13 12 17 12 15 17 22 10 5 5 11 8 18
Distribution U U 164 96 52 77 65 84 91 43 109 67 R65 R85 59
Incidents                              
Total hazardous liquid 351 254 246 183 180 216 212 229 245 188 R194 171 153 R168 147
Total gas 1,077 1,338 1,524 334 198 233 177 216 222 161 187 175 R236 R173 234
Transmission U U 389 129 89 71 74 95 81 64 77 73 R99 54 80
Distribution U U 1,135 205 109 162 103 121 141 97 110 102 R137 R119 154
Property damage (current $ millions)                              
Total hazardous liquid 1.2 2.2 5.7 5.1 15.7 37.8 R39.1 28.9 R62.2 32.5 R81.4 R42.8 R62.9 R87.1 178.1
Total gas 3.3 5.0 10.0 22.9 18.9 19.7 31.4 38.3 98.5 21.0 29.4 24.6 R48.8 R43.6 41.3
Transmission U U 8.8 13.4 11.3 11.9 24.6 23.0 45.2 10.0 13.1 12.1 29.7 17.7 17.9
Distribution U U 1.2 9.5 7.6 7.8 6.8 15.3 53.3 11.0 16.3 12.5 19.1 25.9 23.4

KEY: R = revised; U = data are not available.

a Includes 1,851 injuries requiring medical treatment reported for accidents caused by severe flooding near Houston, TX, in October 1994.

NOTES: Beginning with 1985 data, pipeline incidents are credited to the year in which they occurred, not the year in which the report was received. Gas numbers represent sum of transmission and gathering and distribution operators.

Property damage includes, but is not limited to, damage to the operator's facilities and to the property of others; gas lost; restoration of service and relighting; facility repair and replacement; leak locating; right-of-way cleanup; and environmental cleanup and damage.

SOURCES: 1970-85: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration, Office of Pipeline Safety, personal communication, 1999.

1990-2000: Ibid., Internet site http://ops.dot.gov/stats.htm as of June 13, 2002.